The cat that captured a heart

BOOK REVEW: After Cleo Came Jonah
By Helen Brown (Allen & Unwin, $35)

This is the sequel to New Zealand author Helen Brown's bestseller Cleo, which told the story of the death of Helen's young son Sam and how the arrival of a small kitten into the Brown household helped a grieving family move on.

Cleo was a book that simply captured the hearts of readers around the world and became a huge success, making the New York Time bestseller list in its first week in United States bookstores.

After Cleo Came Jonah picks up the story during another incredibly rough time for the author: her diagnosis with breast cancer.

Earlier, the author just could not bring herself to get another cat after Cleo, but purely by chance, she met a little siamese kitten during her cancer treatment and Jonah (named after Jonah Lomu) quickly became a part of her life.

And between that crazy kitten and her rebellious daughter, author Helen Brown manages to look at her own mortality and carry on.

I always reckon those people who say they are not cat people just have not met the right cat yet.